The near-mythical Bethlehem we imagine with reference to the story of Christmas is an idyllic village with little huts scattered around under a star-lit sky approached by travellers riding on mules. Joseph and Mary also came to take refuge here for their son, the son of God, to be born in a manger. The town of Bethlehem as it exists today is a far cry from that tiny village, congested as it is with buildings both medieval and modern lining its narrow streets and wide squares clogged with ubiquitous traffic. But, refugees form a considerable portion of the population even today as the town has always been and looks like it always will be at the centre of conflict. Tourism being the main economic activity here owing to the town featuring prominently in the shared religious history of Christianity, Judaism and Islam alike, Bethlehem has lodges and hotels, big and small, where tourists wishing to visit places of religious significance as the Church of the Nativity or Manger Square stay.